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Gemini Shippers Group Supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

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New York—Joining a growing coalition of retail and manufacturing groups, Gemini Shippers announced Thursday its support for the ratification for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement. If ratified, The TPP agreement represents the most significant trade agreement proposed since NAFTA came into effect in 1994. The agreement brings together …

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Retailers Say Tax Extenders Bill Could Provide ‘Stepping Stone’ to Comprehensive Reform

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Washington–The National Retail Federation urged Congress to approve legislation that would make permanent a key piece of federal tax law retailers have long relied on and give long-term renewal to others, calling the measure an important move toward badly needed comprehensive tax reform. “H.R. 2029 is the first step toward …

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Retailers Tell Congress: EMV Cards Without PIN Provide “No Significant Benefits”

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Washington– The National Retail Federation and other trade organizations today told Congress that new chip-and-signature credit cards without a PIN will not stop data breaches, and that small businesses should not be pressured to install the equipment to accept them at the expense of more effective technology. “The new EMV …

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NRF Applauds JCPenney’s Congressional Testimony on Patent Trolls

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Washington—The NRF congratulated today JCPenney for its testimony in front of a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on patent reform, at which JCPenney Senior Managing Counsel Diane Lettelleir testified. According to NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French, “Patent trolls impact every segment of the United States economy, …

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Trade Associations: Congress Must Resolve Online Sales Tax Disparity

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Washington–The National Retail Federation issued the following statement today from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on introduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act by Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.: “We welcome this effort to level the sales tax playing field between Main Street merchants and …

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Broad Merchant Coalition Urges Passage of Comprehensive Breach Notification Legislation

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Washington—The next Congress, one dominated by the Republican Party in both houses, already has some items on their agenda—at the urging of the nation’s retailers. A broad coalition of national and state associations representing retailers and other merchants sent a letter today to congressional leaders calling for federal legislation to …